AAPI to collaborate with AIIMS for research, student exchange, and academics


The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi to collaborate for research, education, and student exchange for five years.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Anjana Samadder, president of AAPI, and Dr. M. Srinivasan, director of AIIMS during the 17th edition of AAPI’s Annual Global Healthcare Summit held in New Delhi and Manipal, Karnataka.

“This is a great beginning to facilitate collaborative efforts between India and the United States,” said Dr. Samadder. “The MoU between AAPI and AIIMS has been signed to affirm our intent to promote academic collaborations and participate in various academic endeavors. The signing of MoU with AIIMS today is a great start, and I look forward to AAPI continuing to lead such efforts in the coming years benefitting the medical fraternity.”

Since its inception over four decades ago, AAPI has been at the forefront of advocating for medical school education reform and for medical graduates from India to be treated on par with their counterparts in India.

“This collaboration will act as a platform for the exchange of ideas and collaboration across the domains for cutting-edge research and breakthroughs in medical education. We look forward to meeting professionals, researchers, and experts in the field of healthcare and research from across the globe,” Dr. Srinivasan said.

As part of the MoU AAPI will offer administrative support to the cooperation between AAPI and AIIMS and initiate new fellowship programs. Under the internship programs at AAPI, undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. level students from AIIMS can visit universities, and hospitals where AAPI members hold key positions for a period of two to eight weeks to attend observership programs, specifically designed and offered as a part of ongoing research at AAPI. The Joint Supervision Program will facilitate doctoral-level students from either side to be co-supervised by faculty members from both organizations. AAPI may permit its members to visit AIIMS for short durations, ranging from one week to one year, to teach at AIIMS. AAPI may also invite AIIMS faculty members for research and academic activities at institutions or hospitals in the US.

The MoU will also aid the development and organization of short-term training and certificate courses by AAPI and enable AIIMS faculty staff and students to take part in ongoing continuing education programs and courses of AAPI. AAPI and AIIMs have decided to collaborate for the development of new areas of research and extension of technical cooperation for infrastructure development, management, and upgradation of library and Teaching Research Laboratories.

Dr. Sumul N. Raval, secretary of AAPI highlighted the importance of the MoU and said that this is the most successful outcome from the GHS 2024 for “learning from each other’s experiences, sharing vital insights and collaboration on future endeavors, mutual exchange of ideas, sharing of best practices that are critical for advancing medical education and assuring high standards for protecting public health will positively shape the medical education.”

“AAPI hopes that the excellence gained through long-term vision, insight, and hard work with both organizations and exchange of ideas and challenges will benefit the medical education system in India and help medical graduates coming from India to gain recognition in the US,” said Dr. Samadder.


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